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BLOSSOM COOKIES/Tried and True



You know that ‘go to’ thing? The one that is tried and true that you can count on every time? It is the appetizer that is oh so good; that main dish you serve at dinner parties that never fails, tastes great and everyone likes; and that scrumptious dessert you have made dozens of times that your guests rave about. It is comforting to know there are things we can rely on. That is how I feel about this simple cookie design using the blossom cutter. It is easy and efficient and looks good in any color.

I had a request to make cookies for the Girl Scout Daisies and soon-to-be Brownies. Being a bit short on time, this had to be the design. Little girls love polka dots and the teal / lavender color combo is popular among the young set. These cookies were for the last gathering of the Daisies after two years, little girls who entered the first level of Girls Scouts as Daisies in Kindergarten at age 5, and now at age 7 are rising second graders. They enjoyed fun outings like visiting a firehouse, the ballet, yoga and ice skating. They also sent handwritten letters to President Obama to save the endangered sea turtles. Now it is time to trade in their blue vests and daisy petal badges and become Brownies, where they will experience new adventures. Somehow I think my next gig may be for Fudge Walnut Brownies or Cheesecake Brownies.


Blossom Cookies
Blossom Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Teal
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Lavender with AmeriColor Electric Purple
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2

Outline cookie with #2 tip in teal icing.

Flood cookie with teal icing.

Pipe dots with lavender flood icing on each petal.

Pipe dots with lavender flood icing in and around the middle of cookie.

Let dry overnight.

  

 

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SUMMER FAVORITES/ A Quick Hello




Finally, everyone’s favorite time of year is here and I hope your summer is off to a great start. I’m guessing you are anxious for summertime cookie designs. Usually I am ultra organized and have several blog posts in the queue ready to be published. Lately, I am a bit behind as our home has been a beehive of activity in recent weeks. We are in the midst of a master bath renovation and time for baking is zilch. I have cookies ready to decorate but they will have to wait. To get you into the summer spirit, I have compiled cookies from summers past. For new followers as well as long-time subscribers, I hope you enjoy seeing some of my favorites and reading the accompanying anecdotes

 

POPSICLE COOKIES 










SNOW CONE COOKIES 


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SPRING FAVORITES


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TULIP COOKIES/ Wordage



Recently, I came upon an entertaining article by Richard Lederer, where he writes about words and phrases that were once part of our everyday vernacular, but whose time has come and gone.

It made me think of some familiar old phrases my parents used, most of which made no sense to me as a little girl. There was… ‘chip off the old block’  and ‘chip on his shoulder.’  Do you remember… ‘a pain in the neck’  which has since evolved into a phrase not to be verbalized in front of the children. Or what about … ‘that was a hell of a note’ which brought music to my young mind. To express exasperation, there was the popular ‘for crying out loud’ and my Aunt Rosemary’s version of that expression, ‘for crying out tears.’  I used to wonder what did tears have to do with anything? Then there was ‘for Pete’s sake.’  What did poor Pete ever do to anyone? Here are a few more for you: ‘He’s a pill,’  ‘don’t be a stick in the mud,’  ‘birds of a feather flock together’,  ‘a hop, skip and a jump’ and ‘if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.’  Does anyone out there use these next phrases? ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,'  'a picture is worth a thousand words’  and ‘the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.’  I still do! There are thousands of expressions and you can see oodles of them here ... an innocent era forever lost in time. Leave a comment with a phrase from yesteryear and see how many we can remember.

Remember the airbrushed leaf cookies in my last post? Well, here are the tulip cookies that go with them. In both cookies the airbrushing technique on the tulip petals and leaves create a realistic effect. See the leaf tutorial here.


Tulip Cookies
Tulip Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Rose Pink with AmeriColor Super Red and AmeriColor Egg Yellow
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2, #3
AmeriColor Airbrush Color (Deep Pink)
Airbrush Kit

Outline a section of cookie with #2 tip in pink icing.
Flood that section of cookie. Let sit 10 minutes.

Outline and flood two other sections of cookie with pink icing.
Wait 10 minutes between flooding sections.

Let sit 45 minutes.

Pipe outline with #3 tip in pink icing. Let dry overnight.

Spray pink airbrush color onto edges of cookie and folds of tulip. Let dry 30 minutes.


Cookies before airbrushing



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